Petrea Burchard

About me

Petrea Burchard began her acting career on the Chicago stage, later moving to Los Angeles to work in television, film and voice-over. She’s known as the original English voice of Ryoko, the sexy space pirate in the anime classic, Tenchi Muyo!.

Auditions, jobs and the people she met in Hollywood (famous and infamous) became fodder for her popular Act As If humor column at She also drew on her acting experience to write her first novel. During a summer Shakespeare course at Oxford, she fell in love with the English countryside and the idea for Camelot & Vine began to take shape.

Other published works include articles, short fiction and essays. Petrea lives with her husband in southern California.

From my website

Mount Wilson: Solar Telescope

The Solar Telescope at Mount Wilson is still used for studying sunspots. Great strides have been made in this science here.The telescope is tall. And look what a beautiful day it was! I didn't alter this photo one bit.The wooden frame. The screws. The old courier typeface. I wonder how long…

Mount Wilson: Science in Transition

The Mount Wilson Observatory was founded in 1904 by George Ellery Hale, who encouraged the likes of Edwin Hubble and who also had a great deal to do with the way Pasadena looks today. Think the city center plaza and City Hall. Think Caltech. Thank you, Mr. Hale.More than 100 years later,…

Birthday Adventure 4

This is an engine. I think we can all agree on that. But do you know where this engine is?This is a rheostat. It's in the room next to the engine. Do you know where that room is?If it's not obvious what these are, you're too young to read. But…

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